Stay in Atlanta for Cheap: The City's Best Lodging for Less

Georgia’s capitol city boasts ample things to do on both sides of the price spectrum. You can enjoy free attractions, or spend $250 on a ticket to a black-tie gala. You can nosh on $2 tacos at a dive on Buford Highway, or thrown down $100 per person on a five-course dinner. You can hunt for bargain buys at a thrift store in Little Five Points, or buy designer stilettos at Phipps Plaza. It really depends on your preference and where your interests lie.

The same can be applied to Atlanta area hotels. Yes, you can live like royalty and stay in world-class accommodations where the nightly price tag rivals that of your monthly mortgage payment. There’s definitely a place and occasion for that. But, if you’re traveling on a shoestring budget or want to save your money for a special meal out, there are certainly affordable hotel options out there, too, that still offer clean rooms, convenient locations and choice amenities.

Here, we’ve pulled together a list of 10 local budget-friendly hotels offering bargain prices in popular destination neighborhoods all over the city. Be mindful of the featured amenities and location (and make sure they offer any of your non-negotiables), then get busy planning.


This accessible La Quinta Inn location--hugging Midtown and Buckhead--has three modern floors boasting comfortable guest rooms. Various room sizes are available and come furnished with Samsung flat-panel TVs, Wi-Fi, a one-cup coffee maker, daily newspaper delivery, premium cable channels, a Plug-and-Play TV feature (which allows you to easily connect your mobile devices) and dataport phones. The hotel is pet-friendly and offers complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, laundry services and free parking. Besides the low price, the hotel is located just five miles north of downtown Atlanta and is convenient to both Buckhead and Midtown businesses and attractions, making it ideal for a business trip or a weekend getaway.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Work and play are all within a close 10-minute drive.

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Just minutes from Brookhaven, Buckhead and Peachtree/Dekalb airport, stay at this discount hotel chain and get a substantial break on your hotel bill (rooms average to less than $60 a night). Rooms include refrigerators, irons with boards, hair dryers, coffee makers and television with HBO. Additional amenities include free newspapers, an outdoor swimming pool, continental breakfast and laundry and valet services. Request a business class room for an in-room data port. The hotel is a mere three-minutes from Emory University and is convenient to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the international eateries along Buford Highway.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Super low rates, nice rooms and a convenient locale make this a choice travel pick.

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This downtown Atlanta location is a perfect find for families looking to knock several city attractions off their to-do lists while saving on the cost of accommodations. The convenient address puts you within walking distance to famed sites like the Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena and the Georgia Dome, and is close to downtown restaurants and landmarks like Centennial Olympic Park and the World of Coca-Cola. Close proximity to I-85 and Freedom Parkway make it easy to access nearby neighborhoods during your visit. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi access, an exercise room and a luxe lobby. Parking is $15.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This hotel is within walking distance of several downtown Atlanta attractions.

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The terrific rates are matched by comfortable rooms, up-to-date amenities and attentive service. You can unwind in the outdoor pool and spa or work out in the fitness center, and the quiet location is conveniently close to three hospitals, and numerous Fortune 500 companies, not to mention the sprawling Perimeter Mall (a beautiful shopping center with a wide selection of retailers and excellent eateries). They also offer free Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs, a delicious free breakfast, free parking and pet-friendly rooms. If you have to steal the car for meetings, your family can ride within three miles of the hotel on the complimentary shuttle service (an easy way to get to the mall).

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This low-cost option is close to Perimeter Mall and a range of major businesses.

Read more about La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Perimeter Medical →

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Buckhead
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This 172-suite hotel provides guests a relaxing place to stay with its central locale in bustling Buckhead. Rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a 42-inch HDTV, a kitchenette, a corner sofa sleeper, coffeemaker and luxe bathroom with granite counter tops. After a hectic day, guests can relax in the outdoor pool or blow off some steam in the 24-hour fitness center. Take advantage of the offerings at the Free a.m. Kitchen Skillet breakfast--which offers items like fresh pastries, fruits, breakfast sandwiches and more. The hotel also has a Coffee to Cocktails Bar, where you can snag Starbucks or a martini and a 24/7 Gallery menu, serving food around the clock. Meeting rooms can accommodate up to 120 people.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Convenience to Buckhead shopping plus onsite food options add to the appeal.

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Save money and rest in luxury at this Perimeter location of the hotel chain located in the Dunwoody neighborhood. A sensible alternative to higher priced choices, it's convenient to Perimeter Mall and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and is directly off of I-285 and Georgia 400--making travel to corporate offices and training centers easy. The reasonably priced room includes perks like a mini refrigerator, microwave, free Wi-Fi access and a 37-inch HDTV. You'll also enjoy a daily hot breakfast with your stay, as well as access to the sparkling outdoor pool, usage of the business center and entry to the 24-hour fitness center.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Enjoy the perks of being OTP (outside the perimeter) and pay less.

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This popular chain offers the perfect combination of affordable rates and convenient amenities all at an in-demand address. Centered in the heart of Buckhead, the hotel puts you less than a mile from Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, and within close proximity to a smattering of major corporations and lauded local eateries. Each room includes a coffee maker, WiFi, twin beds or a king-sized bed, a dataport, hair dryer, clock radio and cable television. Make free local calls and enjoy a free newspaper while enjoying your complimentary breakfast and take advantage of the fitness center, pool and business center.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Save your money on the hotel room and spend it at Lenox Square, a mile away.

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If you're planning to visit Atlanta on a budget, this hotel's comfortable rooms and free perks make it a smart choice. Located near the city's eastern perimeter between Northlake Mall and Stone Mountain, it's also convenient to the trendy, restaurant-scattered town of Decatur. The hotel has 121 guestrooms and suites furnished with double beds or king-sized beds, and include a desk, high-speed Internet, a dataport, a lap desk and a coffee maker. Amenities include a complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool with a covered patio, fitness center and 1,000 square feet of meeting space in three meeting rooms. If you miss breakfast, you can snag one of the hotel's Hampton's On the Run Breakfast Bags.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Stay near Stone Mountain and enjoy a range of amenities for less.

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This Hampton Inn & Suites is on the National Register of Historic Places and is lodged within a converted office building that dates back to 1927. If you're planning on spending a large portion of your time doing business in Downtown Atlanta and visiting the attractions in this part of town, you couldn't pick a better home base. The hotel offers 119 guest rooms and suites equipped with king and queen beds and high-speed Internet access. Guest rooms offer a separate living room or seating area (ideal for families), while suites come with a private bedroom and wet bar with a mini refrigerator and microwave. Amenities include a business center, fitness room and complimentary breakfast buffet as well as meeting space for 70. Parking is $20.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: You're in the heart of downtown, just a stone's throw from major business headquarters, famous attractions and top-notch restaurants.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Buckhead, an IHG Hotel
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Not all affordable Atlanta hotels are created equal. Country Inn & Suites, Smyrna is mere minutes away from the Cobb Galleria Center (four miles away), Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (six miles away) and historic Vinings (three miles away). Amenities include free high-speed Internet access; a heated indoor pool; a complimentary breakfast buffet (including Belgian waffles, fruit, sausage, bacon); a business center with a fax machine and copier; a fitness center with a treadmill, stationary bike, TV and elliptical machine; and complimentary parking. Rooms and suites have free WiFi access and are equipped with a refrigerator, coffeemaker and microwave. The hotel is 100-percent non-smoking, plus, children 18 and under lodge for free if they stay in the same room as an adult.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Close proximity to Vinings, Home Depot headquarters and the Cobb Galleria make this ideal for the business traveler.

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